NEWS BRIEF In a day marked with 9/11 tributes and field-sized American flags, several football players from around the league chose to join in Colin Kaepernick’s protest of national anthem.
As “The Star Spangled Banner” played in Seattle before the Seahawks’s game against the Miami Dolphins began, the entire Seahawks team stood with interlocked arms to promote “justice for all people.” On the other side of the field, Arian Foster, Michael Thomas, Jelani Jenkins, and Kenny Stills of the Dolphins took a knee, just as the San Francisco quarterback did last week.
After the game, Jenkins said:
I chose to get involved to see if I could create change, raise awareness. I want to make it clear that there is no disrespect to the military or to police officers. I’m not about that. I would like to keep moving forward in the right direction with everybody: equal rights, equal opportunity. It doesn’t seem that it’s happening. That’s why I took a stand.
Players weren’t just kneeling during the national anthem. Several, including Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots and Marcus Peters of the Kansas City Chiefs, chose to raise their fists in the air. Peters afterward said he “was just stating I’m black, and I love being black [and] I’m supporting Colin.”